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How To Get Rid Of Dead Rat Smelldead rat

Congratulations on getting rat of the rat that was pestering you in your house for so many days and making different areas a mess. Just when you can high-five yourself or your partner, a strange smell lurks around your home and settles in the atmosphere. You want to get rid of it as soon as you can because let’s face it, the stench can be unbreathable and you will feel like staying at a hotel rather than your own place.  The dead rat’s stench will remind you of its presence everyday and you won’t feel like entering the area where it once sneakily lurked about and breathed its last.

With the help of many of our professional pest control products, our DIY customers are almost always successful in protecting their home and getting rid of any pest or rodent they happen to encounter. However, a secondary problem usually comes up when a rodent is killed and disposed of: the awful smell they leave behind.

Unfortunately, not all pest control programs go according to plan. While the rodent issues such as a rat or raccoon can be captured or killed by using our array of rodenticide baits and lethal traps, if the rodent happens to die in an area that is inaccessible or hard to reach, they will start to decompose and leave a really often stench and even attract other pests like flies and flesh eating bugs that will be attracted by the odor and will feast on the rotting carcass.

In the midst of all this, the homeowners suffer from a terrible nauseating stench which could be unbearable to live amongst. However, there is a solution and Solutions Pest & Lawn has it in the form of our selection of odor control products, odor neutralizers that are proven effective to eliminate even the worst of rat and animal odors. These are products the the pros use and keep handy when tackling a rodent issue and conducting sanitation afterwards. On this page you will learn more about some of these featured products as well as learn how to dispose a terrible dead rat smell all by yourself.

How a Dead Animal Smell Usually Starts

When outdoor rodents such as mice, rats or squirrels target your home and decide to sneak their way in, it’s recommended to move hastily in equipping yourself with the means necessary to eliminate that fast before they create a hazardous environment with their potential for spreading disease, their unsanitary droppings and other bad contaminating habits. 

Rodent invasions carry harmful diseases, reproduce at an alarming rate, and even a small invasion of a single rodent can multiply and create a uncontrollable infestation very quickly.. Killing these trespassing rodents with a rodenticide bait can resolve one issue but unfortunately often leads to another issue. This usually occurs when the rodents who have consumed the lethal bait can’t be found after they crawl up into attics, walls, vents and ceilings where they wind up dying. 

As the dead rodents begin to decompose, the odor their dead carcasses give off can be terribly awful and very overwhelming. Thus the new objective after the death of a rodent is eliminating the dead animal smell out should be carried, because by not taking action, you will have to withstand the odor getting worse and making your home practically unlivable due to the stench. 

How Do You Get a Dead Rat’s Smell?bad smell

There are two reasons your home might be stinking up with rat odor. One is its droppings and the other could be rat poison that caused the rat to die somewhere very warm and un-ventilated.

Rats have become sharper overtime and don’t fall for the cheese-in-the-mouse-trap trick anymore. They have figured a way to bypass the trap and you usually find that the cheese is gone while trap is still intact.

Why Do Dead Animal Carcasses Smell So Bad?

The smell which comes from rotting dead rodents is generated by a combination of various chemicals including sulfur dioxide, methane, benzene derivatives and long chain hydrocarbons. This mixture of noxious gases produces a smell that is nauseating and off putting to nearly all creatures except for perhaps vultures and filth flies. The smell of a dead animal or rodent can linger and produce an even stronger odor with the passage of time as more and more of the rotting carcass decomposes in the span of a  6-10 week period.

A Messy Home

If your living space is cluttered with many things and there is not much cleaning done regularly, then you can attract pests like rats to your home in no time. Usually, the smell of food and garbage lures them inside and they make a cozy home for themselves in your home due to having a regular source of food.

Post-Rat Cleanup

If you haven’t found the dead rat yet then be sure to look up all the cracks, crevices or small places that could shelter one. It could have gone there to hide before dying. Usually it is in the kitchen area or pantry. A dead rat can mostly be found wherever you must have put the rat poison, so it won’t take you long before you find its body.

Here is what you need to do:

Follow the Smell

As disgusting as it sounds, you have to follow the smell and see where it leads you. Take help from your trusted cat or dog because they have very acute sense of smell and can help track the rat’s body.

Sealable bags

Wear some gloves and get a resealable bag. Pick the dead rat up from its tail and quickly put it inside the bag and seal it tightly. Dispose the dead rat away in another bag and throw it in the trashcan outside.

Odor cleansing

Now it is time to cleanse the atmosphere from the smell of the rotting dead rat. Here are a few ways you can use to get rid of the stench:


Get some ground coffee or pure coffee beans and place them in all the areas where you find the smell coming from. The ground coffee should be placed in plastic bowls while the beans can be scattered. It is best to use ground coffee because you don’t want any kid or pet trying to swallow them. Pure coffee has a really strong smell so it will mask off and dissipate the smell of the dead rat in no time.

Odor Removing Bags

You can buy odor removing bags from any DIY store or online. They are absorbents and will remove the stench of the dead rat in no time. Just hang the odor absorbing bags in the area where the smell is coming and it will be gone in as little as few days. The bags can also be placed farther away from the smell and still work just fine.

Diffusers and Humidifiers

Get a good diffuser or humidifier and put in some strong essential oils in it. The vapors that will be released in the air will carry the fragrance of the essential oils all around the area. Orange, peppermint, ylang ylang, lavender and bergamot are some really good essential oils that can mask any smell. You need to make the water in the humidifier more concentrated by adding twice or thrice as much of the essential oils to get rid of the dead rat’s smell from your home.

Air Ionizers

These are really effective in removing all the types of odor in a home and can even work in really big spaces. The best part about using ionizers is that they eliminate germs, dust, and allergens from the area as well.


If you think there could be more rodents lurking about your home or some other pests trying to make some shelter for themselves inside then it is a good idea to just get your entire house fumigated.

You can spray your home with bug sprays or rodent killing poison and leave your house for a day or two.

Strong Air Fresheners

Spraying the entire area with a good floral air freshener can get rid of the dead rats smell easily if the rat’s body wasn’t around for long to begin with. Spray everyday and in a few days it will all be gone.

How To Prevent a Dead Rat’s Smell

  • The only way you can prevent a dead rat’s smell is to not have any rats in the first place. Just ensure that your doors or windows are not always open.

  • The cracks and crevices are filled so that nothing can find a home there.

  • Ensure hygiene standards of your kitchen and other parts of the house are well maintained.

  • Make sure your trash bags are always sealed tightly.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You Eliminate Rat Odors

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a broad selection of problems that can deal with foul odors—from skunks to rats. To clear up the smell of a dead rat, we recommend Rat Sorb Odor Eliminator or Earth Care Odor Removal Bag. These products are easy to use and work quickly to take that terrible odor away.

Steps to Eliminate Dead Animal Smells

As unpleasant as dead rodent smells can be, they don’t have to be tolerated. You can eliminate these odors and stop the odor from making it unbearable to stay in your home. Solutions Pest & Lawn experts can help you with our special DIY tips and professional products designed to neutralized even the most foul of dead animal odors.

Step 1) Find and Remove the Source of the Odorstinky bag

It is much easier to tackle a dead animal odor issue when you know that you have been dealing with rodents or other invading animals that have been scurrying around in your attic or basement. In the case that you weren’t even aware of a dead rodent or animal in or around your property until you noticed the odor, locating the offending create may not be an easy task. 

This is when you should sniff around and  follow your nose so to speak. As stinky as a job it may be, you will have to sniff around until you find the part of your home where the odor is the most profound. Another thing you can look for at the same time is for any stains or markings since carcasses often leak fluid as it dries out 

Another sign of where the dead carcass can be is the presences of insects since the decomposing bodies attract a slew of different bugs. Observe any insect activity, for instance, flies hanging around a wall or vent. This will be an indicator of where the dead carcass is.

This step must be acted upon quickly because the odor is only going to get worse as time passes and it may get to the point where staying in the home may be unbearable or a hazard to your well-being.

When you the dead animal carcass is finally found, pick it up carefully and place the rotting body inside a plastic bag. Make sure that you are wearing gloves and have on a mask to protect yourself since dead carcasses can carry a variety of different diseases and are unsanitary. You may also have to remove and dispose of the clothes you wore while retrieving the body.

Step 2) Select an Odor Neutralizing product to help you eliminate the smellRat Sorb Odor Eliminator

Once the animal is disposed of, that doesn’t mean the smell will just disappear. This is when it is necessary to be equipped with a odor neutralizer. These don’t have emit a pleasant scent, they can literally take the odor away and absorb it so it is no longer permeating through the air.

Solutions Pest & Lawn carries a wide selection of odor eliminating products that will help you to remove the odor quickly such as Bac-Azap or ODAWAY Odor Absorber Concentrate. These product use enzymes to break down the molecules of the dead animal that is carrying that strong unpleasant odor. These products should be sprayed onto the area (or as close to the area as possible) where the odor came from for the best possible odor eliminating results.

An alternative odor eliminating product we have are Earth Care Odor Removal Bag. This product is essential a bag that can be activated by being hung up in the area where the smell is the strongest and as the air in the room passes through the bag, the bag absorbs the foul smelling odor like a sponge. You can then simply dispose of the bag. A similar product is the Nature's Air Sponge Odor Eliminator. This product works much like the earth care odor removal bag but is a sponge like product that absorbs all of the bag odor in the room.

In the case that the dead animal is a mouse or rat, there are specialized product which remove their odors such as Rat Sorb Odor Eliminator.

What to do when the Dead Carcass Cannot Be Removed

There are times when the dead animal carcass cannot be reached and remove properly. In cases such as these, you usually have no choice but to wait for the rotting body to completely decompose which takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks. In the mean time you can mitigate the effects of the decomposing odor using odor eliminating products until the process has completed. Products like the Earth Care Odor Removal Bag can be placed in the area where the smell is the strongest or one of our other odor neutralizing products. 

When determining what odor removal products would be best, the size of the offending animal should be considered. The bigger the deal animal is, the stronger the odor they give off will be and the longer the odor will linger in the air. Using a combination of products is usually the best way to achieve relief until the animal is completely decomposed.

If there is a fly problem due to the dead carcass, you may have to tolerate it because the filth flies and other bugs are eating away the dead flesh so they are actually helping to clean up and rid the body faster. If they linger around after the odor is gone and the animal carcass is no more, that’s when you should seek out a control program to eliminate the bugs.

Shop our array of odor control products on our website and if you have any questions or concerns or would like more detailed info from an expert, call us at 800-479-6583, shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a helpful representative on our website and we will be happy to respond to you.


While a rat may be no longer creating a problem in your home after death, their odor can definitely linger if nothing it done about it. With the help of our tips and product recommendations, you should no longer have to deal with the stench of a dead rat. For more helpful information, please reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website.

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